Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with events and projects including the game “Frankenstein200” and a new “Frankenbook” edition of Frankenstein annotated by scientists.
- What is life?
- What does it mean to be human?
- Why do we create?
Frankenbook is a collaborative, multimedia reading experiment with Mary Shelley’s modern myth, supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In partnership with The MIT Media Lab and The MIT Press, Frankenbook is built on a dynamic, open-source community platform that enables students, teachers, book clubs, Frankenstein aficionados, and curious members of the public to read, discuss, and share a customized version of the text based on specific themes and topics of interest, including the scientific, technological, political, and ethical dimensions of the novel, its historical context, and its enduring legacy. Readers can respond to more than 60 scholars and subject matter experts who annotated the book, or pen their own annotations for inclusion in the source text.